Nearly 30 people were injured when a carriage came loose on a ride at Alton Towers amusement park. Four people were taken to hospital and 25 others were treated for minor injuries after the front end of the Runaway Mine Train carriage became separated from the rest, then rolled into the back end.
Read more from The Times.
Yikes, has this been a worse than average year accident wise. It's getting to the point where it seems like everday you go here and there's a new headline.
And I agree, it is a very odd year for incidents. Sad to say it, too. =(
We've had the internet around for nearly 20yrs... much more mainstream since 1995 when AOL came around & Netscape also became very popular.
Coasterbuzz has been around since 1999. I don't remember a year where there were so many coaster-related accidents or even this many critical injuries/deaths on rides. We've had a couple stand-outs in the past such as '03's Superman @ New England tragedy, or 99's Superman @ Darien Lake fall-out...
...but I don't remember hearing about as many coaster collisions & other coaster related accidents (with riders involved) as much as I have in 2006. Not saying that rides aren't safe... but it is a unusually high number being reported, at least once every-other-week on average now.
You can see a picture of the rail here:
I'm sure these things can't be cheap to operate. My understanding of their benefit is you can fit a full size coaster train in a very small space. Also, the structure is not very tall. You can hit 20-30mph with only a 10-foot high structure. Actually you could do it with no incline at all.
You can get an idea of their compact size here:
I don't know if there is only one motor for the whole train or if each car has it's own motor. At first I thought the motorized car might have disconnected and kept going around the track but the article indicated the front car rolled back into the rest of the train. Not sure how that happened.
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